Doug Schoen, one of the most successful operatives in the Democratic Party, had some dire warnings for his fellow Democrats over the impeachment of President Donald Trump in a recent interview with “Fox & Friends.”
“I am praying for censure,” said Schoen last week. “It can turn what could be a loss into a certain victory … While the Democratic electorate is almost unanimously in favor of impeachment, swing voters in swing states … are decidedly mixed, if not negative.”
He went on to say that he doesn’t expect the full House of Representatives to stage a formal vote to send impeachment to the Senate. “I think it’s very hard for them to impeach you when they have absolutely nothing … And given that states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida — ones the Democrats have to win in some combination to win the presidential election — it’s hard for me to see that impeachment is anything but a very problematic issue for the party.”
Schoen knows what he is talking about, as this writer sees it.
Starting in the early 1970s in New York City politics, he worked his way up the campaign ladder until in 1994, consultant Dick Morris hired Schoen and his business partner, Mark Penn, to advise President Bill Clinton after he — Clinton — lost the House and Senate in the Newt Gingrich-led GOP landslide of 1994.
Schoen later worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2008, though he refused to back Barack Obama in the general election. Today he regularly appears on Fox News as a political analyst.
It is simple to see his logic. Swing-state moderates are that for a reason. Like a child who hates to see mommy and daddy fight, they blame the party that seems to be causing the most undue commotion.
President Donald Trump was having a hard time with this group until recently. But there has been a backlash against the Dems and for Trump — following the long and tedious impeachment inquiry hearings of the past two weeks.
As a current Rasmussen poll notes, the public is growing tired of Democratic spin.
The influence of the Democratic Party on mainstream media bias against American viewers is not going over well with American voters. According to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll. 67% are sick of democrats fabrications
— Mark Wozniak (@wam3wam_mark) November 26, 2019
In today’s Rasmussen Reports daily tracking poll, the president’s numbers have not appreciably tanked since the hearings began — but indeed they held steady if not improved by several points.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” chimed in on his show on Monday night: “Here’s the headline: Among independents, the only group that matters in an election, support for impeachment — impeaching Trump — has dropped by 10 points since the process started. How to explain this? In political terms, this is the Andrea Doria, a routine cruise that suddenly becomes a disaster, a debacle. They spent two weeks telling you that Donald Trump is a criminal.”
“And by the end, more people sympathized with Donald Trump.”
If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democratic-led House go forward with an impeachment vote in front of the full House, not only will this trend likely spike upward, it will put moderate first-term House Dems in an awful predicament.
If they vote yes under Pelosi pressure, they risk losing much support back home.
If they vote no, Pelosi and the hard Left in their party will want their scalp.
Pelosi is also facing a lot of pressure herself on all of this.
If the Dems come all this way only for a censure of Trump or no House vote at all on impeachment, the GOP will claim victory, the hard Left will be outraged and furious — and swing voters will ask: “There was all this drama for nothing?”
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